Mumbaikars Protest Against Maharashtra Government's Coastal Road Project, Allege Project Will Affect Livelihood of Fishermen
Worli Sea Face (Photo Credits: Twitter/dreamzontop)

Mumbai, March 10: Mumbaikars on Sunday took to streets to protest against the construction of the Coastal Road project. 29.2 km coastal road will run along Mumbai's west coast connecting Kandivali and Marine Lines. The protesters assembled at Breach Candy's Tata Garden and carried out a peaceful march towards Priyadarshini Park to raise their voice against the project, reported Mumbai MirrorMumbai Coastal Road Project Gets Nod From BMC Standing Committee, Work to Begin From October.

According to the report, the police intervened and threatened to impose section 144 against the protesters. Earlier, the Bombay High Court refused to pass any interim order to put a stay on the coastal road project. A bench of Chief Justice Naresh Patil and Justice N M Jamdar, however, gave oral orders to the commissioner of the fisheries department to grant a hearing to the members of two fishing societies, which have approached the high court against the coastal road project. HC Declines to Stay Coastal Road Project in Mumbai.

Protest by Mumbaikars:

The societies opposing the 29.2-km-long road are the Worli Koliwada Nakhwa and the Worli Machimmar Sarvodaya Sahakari Society. The bench also directed the police to ensure fishermen were allowed to put up equipment, including nets, along the area marked for the road until actual construction began. The petitioners claimed that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and state authorities had not conducted any public hearing or consultations with the fisherfolk from the city before planning and approving the project. They claimed the road, once constructed, will take away their livelihood.